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Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series (Smart Pop series) by [Hamilton, Laurell K.]
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Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is a literary sensation, thanks to its strong female hero, well-fleshed (both literally and literarily) characters and unabashed attitude toward sex. The world Hamilton has created is powerfully compelling and stunningly complex—and it gets deeper, richer and more perilous, with every book.

Straddling the series’ dominant themes of sex and power, Ardeur gives Anita fans a deeper look into the dynamics, both personal political, that have kept readers fascinated throughout the run of the series. Why is the ardeur the very best thing that could have happened to Anita, personally (aside from all the sex it requires her to have with hot men)? How is Anita’s alternate United States a logical legal extension of our own? And as the series continues, what other bargains might Anita have to make with herself and others in order to keep the people she loves safe from harm?

The collection includes essay introductions by Hamilton, giving context and extra insight into each essay’s subject.

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is the New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (March 2 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D83WY
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 29 2010
Format: Paperback
Let's face it: It was the kiss of death for "Ardeur: 14 Writers on the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series" when Laurell K Hamilton suddenly became the editor. In theory, this little book contains fourteen essays on various aspects of Hamilton's popular urban-fantasy series... but with Hamilton hanging over it like a tattered glaring vulture, there's really little here but bootlicking.

Among the essays: why the series is supposedly uproariously funny (and why Hamilton's vampires are too dumb to live); how Anita Blake is the TOUGHEST COOLEST AWESOMEST heroine ever, and how her world is so much cooler than traditional horror; a defense of Anita's sociopathy and revulsion at "normalcy"; an exploration of the skin-deep legal system of the Anita Blake series; vampirism as a metaphor for race; Anita's arsenal of superpowers (especially the "ardeur"); and Anita's "Death" buddies.

Particularly bad are Marella Sands and Heather Swain's essays,both of which are incoherent rambles. One is about how English doesn't have any good sexual words, and how LKH's vampires are SO much sexier than those fusty repressed Victorans like... Dracula. The other spews venom on the classic "Jane Eyre" (apparently Bertha didn't REALLY go insane -- oh no, it was the Evil Sexist Rochester's fault!) while glorifying Anita because... she kills people and has sex. Whoopdeedoo.

There are some good explorations of Hamilton's work -- Nick Namatas explores "Guilty Pleasures" while deftly sidestepping the later novels; Lilith Saintcrow provides a flawed but intelligent look at how sexual relationships gutted the complexity and noir atmosphere of the series; Devon Ellington makes some good critical points; and L. Jagi Lamplighter holds the series up to romance tropes.
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